When I first read this blurb on Netgalley, I was intrigued. It looked like a promising premise. Then I started it and had a few moments of well, deja vu. Sexy scientist working on a wormhole thinking she was completly automical but instead secretly being backed by the government. Then when it's time for the mission, the military steps in and suddenly all bets are off. Hmmm, shades of Avatar anyone? Except.. it is seriously NOTHING like Avatar.. Ok, there is a scientist, there is the military, there are aliens involved.. but it's a whole nother ball park. The further into this book I went the more I wanted. It was a deep and dangerous drug keeping me up until all hours of the night and making me think. Yes darn it, this book made me think!!
Dr Cassiopeia Baros, is brilliant, driven, socially inept, snarky, arrogant, did I mention brilliant? She has one passion and one passion only, figuring out the physics of traveling through a wormhole to a distant location. She is so driven by this goal that it visits her in her dreams.. or her dreams have driven this goal. While Cass is all that is brilliant she is not what one would call a "people" person. She leaves that to erstwhile fiance Julian. He manages the people, the brass, sometimes even Jacqueline. Helping her to forge through all the red tape and political BS that one has to do to get a grant. Cass, appreciates him, really she does. She is just totally unconnected to the world around her. Something is missing in her and she knows it. So she "feels" for Julian and is willing to commit to him. Only lately, she hasn't been sharing as much with him.. and she really should as her dreams are getting more and more powerful.
Jeamon, is leader to the brajj, second only to the Master and has spent his entire life serving his people. He is dedicated, loyal and true and has been sent by the Master to collect the new queen. Her arrival is imminent and all he needs to do is traverse the outer lands, avoid the "inferiors" if possible and kill them if not, collect the Queen and return her to the many city. His people are dying and only the Queen can replenish them. Seems simple enough, right? Only once he actually sees the Queen his entire world is thrown for a loop. There is something special about her and in his very heart he knows, she is his. Convincing her isn't that difficult, convincing her fiance.. well that's a different story. And her escort? Yeah.. one soldier to another things are just not that simple.
There is just so much to this story.. so much power and passion. Desperation and Desire! A team of Scientists bent on exploring a new world. A Military escort unwanted and resented (now me, if I was gonna be stepping through a wormhole into an entire new world.. I would seriously want that escort, call me silly). Power plays and political maneuvering.. and that's just in the first chapter! Weeding your way through the magic of Ms Patrick's story is an intense delight.
Greed, Jealousy and Power.. the three desires that rule the world, it's true and you know it, but in Dreams of the Queen we see both sides of humanity (and alienanity) the good and the bad. Those trying to serve their country and those despots that want only to serve themselves. And honestly, we don't know who is who until the very end. Some characters really surprise you. I can not say enough about this book and seriously recommend all of you read it. Run do not walk to your nearest (oh wait.. just click on Amazon or B&N) and purchase this book! It is worth your time and your pennies!! And for a special treat it really will only cost you pennies..
Today’s Bargain Price: $0.99
Everyday Price: $2.99
Deal Ends: 11/1/2013
Categories: All Science Fiction
I am so looking forward to Nightmares of the Queen.. Due out later this year or early next year..
This review is based on the ARC of Dreams of the Queen, provided by netgalley.